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HRG Events Schedule for 2016
Fri 18th March HRG 25th Anniversary Bed within Hampton Court Rose Garden PLANTING DAY Volunteers please to [email protected]
Mon 6th June: ‘ Rose Care’ at SEALE NURSERIES A morning of talks and demonstrations on rose care with David and Catherine May of Seale Nurseries, Nr Farnham, Surrey. Featuring a grafting and budding demonstration. Followed by an afternoon visit to RHS Wisley- details to follow. (To register interest please see below)
11th and 12th June HRG Stand at RHS Hyde Hall ‘Roses and Posies Weekend’ Volunteers please to [email protected]
Sat 18 – Sun 19 June HRG Stand at Peter Beales ROSE FESTIVAL, Attleborough Norfolk. Volunteers please to [email protected]
Week commencing Sunday 19th June NORFOLK GARDENS TOUR. taking in Peter Beales Roses, Houghton , Mannington Hall, Stow Hall, Swannington Manor, Elsing Hall Gardens See separate news item for full itinerary
Thursday 30th June GARDEN VISITS; CLINTON LODGE and SISSINGHURST 11.30am: Clinton Lodge Garden, Fletching, East Sussex, for garden tour and lunch. Afternoon departure for Sissinghurst Garden in Kent 5.30pm: a private evening visit, led by Troy Scott-Smith, Head Gardener, to include canapes and drinks. £65 bookings to [email protected]
3rd July HRG stand at ‘Rose and Lily Festival’ Evenley Woods. Volunteers please to [email protected]
Thursday 6th October: Annual General Meeting and Conference Venue to be advised.
Please register interest to Michael Charlesworth [email protected] or Telephone: 01460242167
New booklet 'Older Climbing Roses'
Charles Quest Ritson, internationally renowned garden history writer, lecturer and rosarian has produced this beautiful booklet on the best of the older climbing roses.
The HRG is in the process of producing several such illustrated booklets dealing with rose character, culture and history in full colour. Charles’ booklet is the second in this series. It deals most helpfully with how the different roses perform in a garden situation, therefore will be invaluable to those planning to plant these wonderful older varieties. Also included is helpful information on how to find these roses.
The new booklet is liberally illustrated with photos, taken by Charles, both of roses growing in his own garden, and in the many glorious gardens he has visited around the world.
‘Older Climbing Roses’ was published with the generous support of Robert Mattock of Robert Mattock Rare Roses Ltd.
It is A5 in size, has 37 pages and is available (including postage) as follows:
UK: £5.00 Published EU: £6.00 REST Of THE WORLD: £7.00
Please contact [email protected] to order a copy.
The Fragrance of Old Garden Roses by Robert Calkin
Robert Calkin, formerly Chief Perfumer for Yardley and currently the fragrance consultant to David Austin Roses, produced this booklet in a modest format some years ago.
The HRG has several such booklets dealing with rose character, culture and history produced in this simple form and is in the process of reproducing them in a full colour with pictures. Robert’s booklet is the first in this series.
The new booklet is liberally illustrated with photos taken by Robert of roses growing in his own garden.
It is A5 in size, has 20 pages and is available (including postage) as follows:
UK: £4.00 EU: £5.00 REST Of THE WORLD: £6.00
Please contact [email protected] to order a copy.
WFRS Heritage Rose Group Newsletter
Through our parent society, the Royal National Rose Society, the Historic Roses Group is a member of the World Federation of Rose Societies (WFRS). This international association of the national rose societies of over 40 countries was founded in London in 1968. Its stated goal is to expand contact between its members and increase the flow of knowledge about the rose.
The WFRS has a website: www.worldrose.org which is well worth visiting. Its many features include a Rose Conservation Database, an annual WFRS Rose Directory and an online newsletter World Rose News.
The Heritage Rose Group within the WFRS also sends out a newsletter and its latest edition is available to download from our website as a PDF WFRS Newsletter
The Historic Roses Group has appointed its own Membership Secretary to administer the membership affairs of all those who are solely members of the Group, i.e. those who have not also elected to be members of the Royal National Rose Society (RNRS).
The Secretary is: Ann Cannings, ‘Grasmere Cottage’, The Street, Walberton, ARUNDEL, West Sussex, BN18 OPG ENGLAND. Email: [email protected]
Should members experience any problems re their membership or wish to seek further information concerning the Group, please contact Ann in the first instance.
British Bred Roses Project
Illustration - Part of the rose garden at West Ham
Roses are a major part of our horticultural heritage. Fashions in horticulture change: roses that once enjoyed huge popularity in Britain have disappeared from commerce. The Historic Roses Group of the Royal National Rose Society is seeking to ensure that this heritage is not lost forever. It has compiled a list of all the roses bred in Britain before 1950 and now lost to cultivation in the UK. Many still linger in gardens overseas – for example, in France, Germany and Italy. The Group has begun to reintroduce those no longer grown in this country. Some of these ‘near-extinct’ cultivars have already been planted among the historical collections at the Royal National Rose Society’s new gardens at St. Albans.
The Group is also involved with a display bed at the City of London West Ham Park in East London, illustrating the history of rose breeding in Britain. This display starts with roses grown before 1550, and shows advances in breeding with selected roses bred in Britain up to 1950. West Ham Park has provided the space for the demonstration bed and looks after it. Many of the roses have been donated by David Austin Roses, Peter Beales Roses and Bill Le Grice Roses. The rest come from the Group’s own re-introductions.
In 2006, The Historic Roses Group asked the Royal Horticultural Society to help fund the Rose bed in West Ham Park. That support has not been forthcoming, but the Group and the Park both felt that the project was too good to drop. The Park Garden Manager therefore made available a site next to the existing rose garden which would be inexpensive to prepare, and planting began in Autumn 2007.
The roses have been arranged in rough chronological order, starting with the 16th-century Damask rose, ‘York and Lancaster’, and ending with the Hybrid Tea, ‘Dusky Maiden’ . The display also includes historic roses that had become extinct in Britain. The Group has had these propagated from rose plants still existing in the great collections at Sangerhausen in Germany and Cavriglia in Italy. The display bed opens in Summer 2008.
History of West Ham Park
Documents relating to the Park date back to 1566. It was originally part of the Upton House estate, before being acquired in 1762 by philanthropist Dr John Fothergill. Encouraged to build a botanical garden, Dr Fothergill would often waive his fees and accept payment in rare plants instead.
After Dr Fothergill’s death, the Park passed into the hands of the Gurney family. When the Gurney family wished to sell the estate during the 1860s, local residents worked with the City of London and the family to raise funds to purchase the site and enable it to be preserved as open space.
West Ham Park was officially opened on 20 July 1874. The ceremony was performed by the Lord Mayor of London and, as a band played in the background, deeds of title were presented declaring the Park “open public grounds and garden for adults, children and youth” and that the City of London should maintain the Park forever at its own expense.
This rich and diverse history has recently been recognised by the park being designated a Grade II listed site on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Specific Historic Interest in England.
Click the thumbnail images below to see larger images of the garden at West Ham
HRG website archive
Browse through our archive of news and events to gain further insight into the Historic Roses Group’s meetings, events and organised visits since 2007.